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I know my complaining is not going to improve my situation. I’m not even going to rely on our 'tribal' government to help in this matter.
What do our non-Lakota neighbors know about life here on the Pine Ridge?
Ten years attending an on-reservation parochial residential school shaped the rest of my life.
Throughout the 85-year history of an expertly disguised extension of federal authority, we 'savages' were never ever truly 'free.'
Let’s stop fighting each other simply because it has not benefited anyone, especially our Native students.
Indigenous people have been subjected to a disparaging existence on the Great Plains and in the He Sapa (Black Hills) for decades.
As a member of the country’s minority group, I can swear on the fact that racial intolerance is everywhere.
It should be common knowledge by now that the condition of our tribal government is in need of a serious upgrade.
As Lakota people, we must realize the fact that our ancient world view is as valid as any other.
Everyone knows that our language, culture, and history, have been targeted for eradication by the federal government.
I endured a war on their behalf and acquired diseases as a result, yet I am still a 'damn Indian.'
The descendants of Lakota people no longer have control over their lives.
We have to keep in mind the fact that our Lakota language was targeted for obliteration.
I dropped out of school while so many went on to become 'educated,' or is it appropriate to say assimilated.
The U.S. forced its plenary power on our people and basically negated the old traditional system and any opportunity to prosper.
People have to realize that colonization erased our histories, language, and culture.
The racism will never go away, but talking about it helps me to cope with it and stay healthy.
Racists wearing 'MAGA' hats and waving Nazi and confederate battle flags are capable of killing just because it is the law.
Why do we, as members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, continue to endure needless suffering on and around the Pine Ridge Reservation?
Looking back at my life, it is as if my life was predestined by the unknown.
The only way to fight colonialism is to regain what has been obliterated, like our language, customs history, belief system or world view.
My life has been one big racial experience but this does not mean I encountered it every day and minute of my life.
Racism toward Natives thrives on unconfirmed information about our people.
It is imperative that we revive our indigenous world view and spiritual beliefs.
I believe life on the homeland will not evolve until we rid ourselves of this so-called 'constitution' that was shoved down our throats.
I believe it is imperative that we free ourselves of this long-standing, unmerited tyranny.
Cronyism, nepotism and favoritism. Your Oglala Sioux tribal government at work.
Native graduates ought to know that the word 'education' masks the horrid reality of the boarding school era which their ancestors endured.
Officials in South Dakota are comfortable with ignoring Indian-White relations so they can look to their future without guilt.
We need a system of teaching Lakota that emulates the way our parents and grandparents learned.
From what I have witnessed during my 60-plus years of life, most of our college graduates are culturally handicapped and they do not speak Lakota.
We are blindly forging ahead when we should be learning our history from the inside out.
In the midst of poverty, alcohol/drug trafficking and government corruption at Pine Ridge, I heard the moniker 'Uncle Tomahawk.'
The Oglala Sioux Tribe’s constitution grants its tribal council absolute power and authority to govern.
It is imperative that the provisions of a constitution not only come from the people but that such provisions are what the people want.
We are at the complete mercy of the federal and tribal governments as they control every aspect of our lives on the reservation.
Our youth deserve a life far better than the one we have endured.
If a decade is 120 months, I spent 80 months or so in a school environment intended to 'Kill the Indian' in me.
Colonialism explains the endless adversity under which we have struggled, even as we enter the 21st century.
We must come together as only a group of decent humans can and build a path that leads to freedom and contentment for our grandchildren.
Educating our youth can only provide them with their much needed sense of identity and thus the wherewithal to return to the old Oceti Sakowin system of government.
From my perspective modern American society knows little to nothing of the indigenous world.
We have been divided for nearly a hundred years all in the federal government’s favor.
Our ceremonies, customs, language, history, and land have been legislatively targeted for obliteration by the United States government.
The Whiteclay name has always been associated with alcohol and is a reminder of the government’s systematic appropriation of original treaty lands.
Can one even imagine Congress withdrawing its power over Native America? We know that is not going to happen.
For the surviving Oceti Sakowin (Seven Council Fires) descendants, the significance of Native American Day in South Dakota should equal or surpass the annual Oglala Nation Powwow.
I believe respect is earned and when I am forced to respect something, I will resist.
It is of utmost importance to stop burdening our educators with our parental duties and responsibilities.
Despite granting Native people the right to vote, the White supremacy mentality remains steadfast among most federal and state decision makers.
Tatanka Iyutaka (Sitting Bull) once said that if one searches carefully for something that is lost, one will find it.
Based on our past encounters with racist activity and knowing we will face the potency of the Rapid City government, we now quietly take our money elsewhere.
A sad and undeserved reality for the descendants of the original Oceti Sakowin (Seven Council Fires) is that basic knowledge of our treaties with the United States is unknown.
When local and national media outlets are incessantly spewing news items promoting the 'master race' fallacy, how does one deal with the resulting ethnic intolerance and hatred?
Mark Twain, the humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer, once wrote: 'Politicians and diapers must be changed often – and for the same reason.'
An education process for Native people to help them to understand racism in America is in order.
Oglala District Representative, Stephanie Leasure, offered me an opportunity to provide prayer for the first day the Oglala Sioux Tribal Council’s April session.
The so-called 'New Indian Deal' emphasized tribal self-government, economic recovery, and revitalization of cultural identity.